Arts in Mind Conversation Series Debuts

Posted on September 16, 2010
Elegies for Our Lost Asylums
Wednesday, September 29, 8pm
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
66 West 12th Street, NYC
free and open to the public
The Arts in Mind conversation series kicks off with a program entitled Elegies for Our Lost Asylums. Christopher Payne and Anna Schuleit will lead what is sure to be a provocative discussion on the restorative use of architecture, space, and art.
sites/default/files/asylum1_3.jpgChristopher Payne is a trained architect whose photography has artfully documented America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. His new book Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals is the product of seven years of exploration of America’s immense and largely abandoned state mental institutions. Payne is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Anna Schuleit’s early large-scale installation projects revolved around psychiatric institutions: “Habeas Corpus” used the hallways and rooms of the abandoned Northampton State Hospital like the insides of an instrument for a performance of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat. “Bloom” consisted of 28,000 potted, blooming flowers throughbloom_red_tulips.jpgbloom_red_tulips.jpg four floors of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Schuleit was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design.


Arts in Mind

Arts in Mind is a conversation series in New York City with top artists ranging across the literary, visual, multi-media, and performing arts whose work touches on mental health issues.  The series is sponsored by the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center and by The Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research.  Curators are  

  • Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
  • M. Gerard Fromm, Ph.D., the director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center
  • Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the New School for Social Research                                 

Coming Up

The Devil and Daniel Johnston by Jeff Feuerzeig
Film screening followed by a talk with the filmmaker
Wednesday, October 20, 8 pm

An Evening with Mary Karr, acclaimed memorist and poet
Monday, November 22, 8 pm  


Fountain House is a proud partner of Arts in Mind.  Other partners include Active Minds, Baltic Street, Community Access, Mental Health Association of Connecticut, Mental Health Association of New Jersey, NAMI-NYC, and The Bridge. 


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